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More Sports, Tough News for Hawaii Timeshares and More

Posted on June 17, 2020

What is it about Orlando becoming the sports mecca of America? Major League Soccer has announced that they will resume play at Disney’s Wide World of Sports on July 8 with all 26 clubs competing in a tournament on Disney property.

This comes on the heels of the NBA announcing a restart of its season at the same Disney complex, with every team taking part in the program. Presumably this will be a nice injection for Disney resorts, including their Orlando timeshare resorts scheduled to reopen next week. As I said last week, I can’t imagine professional athletes staying in standard hotel rooms for weeks, or months, at a time. Any Disney timeshare sales staff willing to tour some multi-million dollar players?

Even though these events will be closed to the public for fears of potential COVID-19 spread, it will be a great shot in the arm for Disney as well as the Orlando area. 

Tough News for Hawaii Timeshares

The state of Hawaii has announced an extension of its 14-day quarantine period through the end of July for all in-bound visitors. This places even more pressure on a hospitality industry that continues to reel from the COVID-19 shutdown. Hawaii has reportedly confirmed 685 cases, with the majority on Oahu, resulting in 17 deaths statewide.

On the flip side, regions in Mexico such as Los Cabos and Cancun have already started reopening and Wyndham has reopened 14 timeshare resorts in Australia – great news for the Aussies but not so much for those wanting to travel Down Under since their boarder is still closed.

Northeast is Looking Up

Travel is up on Cape Cod as Massachusetts moved into Phase 2 of its reopening this week, which is good news for Cape Cod timeshare owners. At least the ones who already reside in the state, since a 14-day quarantine is still in effect for out of state visitors.

There’s better news for the Poconos as many of the area’s resorts and attractions either reopened last weekend or are planning to open this weekend. New Jersey has entered into Phase 2 of its recovery, with boardwalks and resorts beginning to reopen.

More and more timeshare resorts are opening their doors once again, with details below regarding the major brands.

Timeshare Resort Openings

Bluegreen Vacations – All Bluegreen club resorts are listed as open except Hotel Blake, which is closed for renovations. Club associate resorts are open except Pono Kai Resort and Tropical Sands Resort. More details at https://www.bluegreenowner.com/featured/travel-advisory-resort-status.

Capital Vacations – No change with Capital timeshare resorts as Coral Sands (Grand Cayman) and Sea Palace (St Maarten) are still listed as closed. All others are open, so click on https://www.capitalvacations.com/covid.php for more info.

Club Wyndham – Fairfield Plantation in Villa Rica in Georgia is now open. All Missouri, New Hampshire and New Mexico resorts are scheduled to open by the end of June. The remaining resorts which are still closed are scheduled to reopen in July, including all California, Hawaii and Rhode Island resorts. Please go to https://clubwyndham.wyndhamdestinations.com/us/en/covid-19-information/list-of-impacted-resorts for more information.

Diamond Resorts – Desert Isle of Palm Springs and Palm Canyon Resort (California), and Liki Tiki Village (Florida) are due to reopen this week. The remaining Diamond timeshare resorts which are closed are listed at https://www.diamondresorts.com/covid-19-update , with those not shown presumed open.

Disney Vacation Club – DVC resorts in Hilton Head and Vero Beach have now reopened, with Disney timeshare resorts in Orlando set to open next week. One caveat is that Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House will remain closed, with those owners to be moved to Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. Grand Californian is scheduled to reopen on July 23, leaving Aulani as the only DVC resort without an opening date. Click https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/ to find out more.

Grand Pacific Resorts – Resorts are located in California and Hawaii, so Grand Pacific timeshare resorts have been especially impacted. However, the majority of its resorts are due to reopen this week, with the remaining resorts scheduled to open next week. One exception is Indian Palms Vacation Club, set for September 1. Go to https://grandpacificresorts.com/resort-reopening-updates/ for more information.

Hilton Grand Vacations – Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa and Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club will reopen on Thursday. All Florida resorts are now open. Hawaii, Illinois and New York City resorts remain closed. More information is available at https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/travel-alert.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations – Lake Geneva Resort, Piney Shores Resort, Timber Creek Resort and Ozark Mountain Resort are reopening this week. The next round of closed resorts are due to open beginning on June 22. Information is at https://holidayinnclub.com/safe-travels/resort-updates.

Marriott Vacation Club – the reopening of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington D.C., has been pushed out to next week. Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club, Marriott Vacation Club Pulse San Francisco and Marriott Vacation Club Pulse New York City remain closed until further notice. For information regarding the U.S.-based Marriott timeshare resorts that are open, please go to https://hub.vacationclub.com/resort-updates/.

Vistana Signature Experiences – The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta is scheduled to open next week. The remaining Westin timeshare resorts are open, as are all Sheraton timeshare resorts.

Westgate Resorts – Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and Wild Bear Inn are due to reopen this week. Most Westgate timeshare resorts are open, with the remaining resorts due to reopen on July 1. More information is available at https://www.westgateresorts.com/coronavirus-travel-advisory/.

WorldMark – Most Washington, Oregon and California resorts are due to reopen by the end of June. Reopening for most Hawaii resorts has been pushed out until early August. For more information, please go to https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/news/covid19_impacted_resorts.shtml

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Steve Luba
Chief Communications Officer
Steve manages the public relations, social media and content creation efforts of the company. Previously the Chief Operating Officer for Perspective International, Steve provided oversight and contributed articles for the five regional vacation ownership trade magazines under the Perspective Magazine banner. With 34 years’ experience in various roles in radio and television, sales and marketing, public relations, media and government liaison initiatives, he brings a well-rounded outlook to our industry.